True story of Betty. Imprisoned in a concentration camp during her youth, she makes you feel every moment. After the war she married. I was very upset by the way she treated her husband for their fifty years of marriage.
I hate to say it, but this book was awful. Premise - woman grows up in Budapest as a Jew and has to go underground, survive concentration camps, deaths of her family members, some pretty terrible stuff. She falls in love at 14 and even though she and her love are separated, they promise to find each other after the war and live happily ever after. This book brings you through her life in the war, but also after the war, where she marries an Auschwitz survivor (not her life love), moves to America, and has three kids. The way this woman treats her family like dirt (husband and kids) and her selfish "woe is me" attitude throughout the book (husband works his behind off for her and she is given everything she wants because he is so devoted to her) is such a turn-off. Obviously, her life and that awful time in history is no bed of roses but still . . . I read the first 75 or so pages, skipped around in the middle, and read the last 20 pages - SPOILER ALERT - which is where, by the way, after 200+/- pages, she meets her life love again where she decides she actually does love her husband who has put up with all of her crap for the last 50 years. Don't bother.
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The writing stye is somewhat stilted but the story itself held my interest. So, so sad and horrifying what the Jewish people endured. This book is thought provoking and makes one realize that at any time our comfort levels can be challenged and things can become drastically different.